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The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems

“If you’re young, privileged, and interested in creating a life of meaning, of course you’d be attracted to solving problems that seem urgent and …

Hunter S Thompson's son: 'Whatever my father's virtues, he was a basket case'

Hunter S Thompson was known for lots of things: the frenetic pace of his writing, his fondness for guns, smoking with a clear plastic filter known as a TarGard. And, of course, taking drugs and drinking alcohol at a rate rivaled only by the likes of Keith Richards. It is not necessarily what one …

A 7-day guide to the pursuit of happiness

It can take just minutes to break through a foul mood if you know the right tricks. Here are some scientifically tested methods to help you beat the blues.<p>In the drudgery of the everyday, it can be easy to become lost in boredom and self-pity. Yet some people seem remarkably resilient to life’s …

A Guide to Easy Japanese Home-Cooking

These six classic Japanese recipes are full of flavor, light on ingredients, good for you, and surprisingly quick to make.<p>Leave the pristine sushi to the restaurants. Japanese home cooking is full of flavor, light on ingredients, good for you, and surprisingly quick to make. In other words, <b>the holy</b> …

Cooking

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

If anyone can be called the boss in modern, anti-hierarchical parenthood, it’s the children<p>For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well …

The Rise, Fall, And Almost Rise Of The Caviar Of Cantaloupe

<b>It’s been a</b> lousy growing season for Ken Taylor’s cantaloupes. The weather has been terrible — cool and wet, when it should have been hot and dry — and the leaves on the vines are browning and riddled with small holes from fungal disease.<p>Standing on his 70-acre organic farm on Île Perrot, about 30 …

Farming

WD-40 and microwaved tampons: secrets of food photography revealed

Behind most professional food photos is a stylist who tricks the viewer. These deceits range from a touch of lipstick to redden a strawberry, to “milkshakes” made from mashed potatoes. It’s not that food stylists are liars and cheats. They’re simply in the business of improvisation.<p>Throughout the …

A reading list to expand your mind

This year, we published stories that enlightened, moved and excited us. The BBC Future team share their personal favourites.<p><i>David Robson – Writer</i><p>My pick: How your eyes trick your mind<p>It's been a privilege to see my stories appear alongside the work of some really talented writers this year. Tom …

On the Juniper backdoor

You might have heard that a few days ago, Juniper Systems announced the discovery of "unauthorized code" in the ScreenOS software that underlies the …

Information Security

The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good

This morning, just like every Monday morning, 75 million Spotify users received a great new mixtape: 30 songs that feel like a gift from a music-loving friend, who might once have made a cassette tape with your name scrawled across the front.<p>But these playlists, from Spotify’s Discover Weekly …

Spotify

The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam

It began with a test-fixing scandal so massive that it led to 2,000 arrests, including top politicians, academics and doctors. Then suspects started turning up dead. What is the truth behind the Vyapam scam that has gripped India?<p>On the night of 7 January 2012, a stationmaster at a provincial …

Colombia's City of Women

How a group of female victims of violence displaced by Colombia's conflict united to build their own city.<p>"We made little cardboard houses and put them in a big box, and you reached your hand in and pulled one out ... 'What number are you in? ... Aiyee! you're my neighbour!'" says Lubis proudly. …

Human Rights

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, …

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting …

Meet the Jewish doctor who saves Palestinian attackers and the Muslim doctor who saves Jewish victims

By William Booth and<p>William Booth<p>London bureau chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ruth Eglash<p>Ruth Eglash<p>Reporter covering Israel and the Palestinian territories<p>Email Bio Follow<p>JERUSALEM — This isn’t really a good-news story. This is a sad story about a special place where Jews and Arabs come together to heal the …

Israel

On saying "no": creativity, self-care, privilege, and knowing your limits

Austin "Steal Like an Artist" Kleon has posted a fantastic meditation on the idea that "creative people say no" -- the idea that you have to say no …

Creativity

Clean the Fleece, Dirty the Planet

It’s getting cold. Time to break out the fleece. Warm and light, it even comes in a nice shade of green: a lot of the material used to make fleece …

Pollution

The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel<p>by Carl Safina<p>Henry Holt, 461 pp., $32.00<p>The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins<p>by Hal Whitehead and Luke …

Articles about 22 expert tips and tricks designing small dwellings on Dwell.com - Dwell

Of course, a little decor is great while on vacations, but it's the rigors of your day to day work routine that can benefit the...<p>Designing kids rooms can be fun, but it’s always challenging.<p>From design concept to installation, these 10 tips will guide you through your next kitchen remodel.<p>Herman …

Boston Apartment’s Built-Ins, Neutral Finishes Create a Clutter-Free Calm

Boston, Mass.-based practice <b>Over,Under</b> completed the development of the <b>Troy Boston Model Apartment</b>, a stylish two-bedroom home located in the city’s …

Mom Creates Dreamlike Art Using Just Her iPhone And Kids

These images will transport you to a world somewhere between magic and reality.<p>Don't ever say an iPhone can't be used for good things.<p>Ali Jardine, a mother of two, photographs her children with an iPhone and uses editing apps to create breathtaking pieces of art. The pictures are a powerful …

Teaching the Power of Visual Storytelling - An interview with Reza | LensCulture

Sitting in the foyer of Webistan, you are surrounded by history. Meter-long <i>National Geographic</i> covers hang next to old exhibition catalogues and vibrant posters document events long since past.<p>The occasion for much of this history is one man—Reza. An award-winning photographer, a globally …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Bill Clinton

How Wall Street Pros Play the Market

As understanding and acceptance of the basic idea of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis has grown, money managers have had to work harder to convince …

Shards of Quartz: Twelve of our best long reads in 2014

We have a conviction at Quartz that in the age of online journalism, two kinds of things do particularly well: Short, punchy posts that you can read in a flash and tell you one memorable thing, and deeply researched or reported articles that really make you understand an issue in a new way. Here, …

The Most Extreme Food Dishes Around the World (Photos)

Eww<p>The Most Extreme Food Dishes Around the World (Photos)<p>The competition for the grossest—er, most extreme—dishes on the planet has many contenders. …

In China, Even Grave Robbers Have to Meet Quotas

For decades, the Chinese government has ruled via quotas and benchmarks while ignoring the social and environmental costs incurred in meeting them. …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …